We had two parrots visit while I was gardening this afternoon. They were, of course, in our neighbor's apple tree.
Myiopsitta monachus, Monk Parakeets, also known as Quaker Parrots, have established numerous colonies in Brooklyn. They are Brooklyn's most charismatic potentially invasive species. They have expanded to other parts of the city and New York State. They are also now established in at least a dozen other states.
I only got good shots of this one of the pair. The other stayed in the foliage and was difficult to see. Here's a view of both of them.
Unlike last year, when I saw the first parrot in June, I've been seeing parrots in the neighborhood this year for at least two months. I just haven't seen them in my backyard this year until today.
The complete set of photos is available in a Flickr set.
- September, 2006: Letter to the New York Times Science Section
- July, 2006: Parrot Poaching
- June, 2006: First parrot sighting of 2006
- Brooklyn Parrots
- Feral Monk Parakeets (Quaker Parakeets) in North America
- Institute for Biological Invasions: Monk Parakeets
- Quaker Parakeet Society
- Wikipedia: Monk Parakeet